Trump shooting live updates: Biden gives update on shooter and motive after assassination attempt at rally

Donald Trump has called on America to “stand united” after he survived an assassination attempt at a rally on Saturday evening.

The former president, who was bundled off stage after a bullet hit his ear, thanked God for preventing the “unthinkable from happening” and said he would remain “defiant in the face of wickedness”.

Trump was about 10 minutes into the rally at Butler, Pennsylvania, when suspected gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, opened fire from the rooftop of a building outside the security parameter.

The former president dropped behind the podium as his Secret Service team ran in.

Agents quickly rushed him from the stage, with the former president seen with blood running from his right ear down his cheek as he thrust a defiant fist into the air.

One rallygoer was killed and two others were critically wounded in the attack before Crooks, a registered Republican, was shot dead by authorities.

Now, the Secret Service faces questions over how the attack was allowed to unfold, with House Republicans demanding a hearing on the matter.

President Joe Biden has twice given remarks to the press on the shooting, also calling for unity, and will deliver a primetime address from the Oval Office at 8pm.

Key Points

  • FBI names 20-year-old Republican Thomas Matthew Crooks as shooting suspect

  • Trump calls on America to ‘stand united’ in new statement after assassination attempt

  • Trump seen for first time after assassination attempt at rally

  • Witness claims he saw rifle-toting man ‘crawling up the roof’ and tried to alert police

  • One spectator killed and two others critically injured in shooting

  • WATCH: Frantic video shows chaos during shooting

Trump nearly killed with an AR-style rifle he resisted calls to ban

20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

A 20-year-old gunman fired on Donald Trump with a rifle that has been at the center of the national debate over gun control, and that the former president and Congress have resisted calls to ban.

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has made dozens of unanswered calls to Congress to renew a ban on so-called assault weapons like the AR-15-style rifle that was used to shoot into a crowd at a Trump rally on July 13.

The assassination attempt in Pennsylvania on Saturday night is likely to renew debate about the state of the nation’s gun laws and the proliferation of high-powered firearms like AR-style rifles, which have become the most popular firearms in America while being used in some of the deadliest mass shooting events over the last two decades.

Alex Woodward reports.

Tump was nearly killed with an AR-style rifle he resisted calls to ban

Watch: Biden urges people to not make assumption about motive for shooting

20:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump’s children decry ‘political violence’ after shooting

20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s children have come forward to decry political violence after their father was struck in the ear by a bullet during a rally speech in Pennsylvania, calling him a “fighter.”

“Thank you for your love and prayers for my father and for the other victims of today’s senseless violence in Butler, Pennsylvania,” Ivanka Trump posted on X a few hours after the incident.

“I am grateful to the Secret Service and all the other law enforcement officers for their quick and decisive actions today. I continue to pray for our country.”

She added: “I love you Dad, today and always.”

Kelly Rissman reports.

Trump’s children decry ‘political violence’ after former president shot at rally

World leaders react to Trump shooting

19:45 , Reuters

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER KEIR STARMER

“I am appalled by the shocking scenes at President Trump‘s rally and we send him and his family our best wishes. Political violence in any form has no place in our societies and my thoughts are with all the victims of this attack.”

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU

“I’m sickened by the shooting at former President Trump. It cannot be overstated — political violence is never acceptable. My thoughts are with former President Trump, those at the event, and all Americans.”

JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER FUMIO KISHIDA

“We must stand firm against any form of violence that challenges democracy. I pray for former President Trump‘s speedy recovery.

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

“My thoughts are with President Donald Trump, the victim of an assassination attempt. I send him my wishes for a speedy recovery. A spectator has died, several are injured. It is a tragedy for our democracies. France shares the shock and indignation of the American people.”

GERMAN CHANCELLOR OLAF SCHOLZ

“The attack ... is despicable. I wish him a speedy recovery. My thoughts are also with the people who were affected by the attack. Such acts of violence threaten democracy.”

ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER GIORGIA MELONI

“In political debate ...there are limits that should never be crossed. It is a warning to everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to restore dignity and honour to politics, against all forms of hatred and violence, and for the good of our democracies. Solidarity with Donald #Trump, his supporters and the injured, and my heartfelt condolences for the victim and his family.”

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

“This wasn’t just an attack on Donald Trump. This was an attack on a candidate for the presidency of the United States. This was an attack on America. It was an attack on democracy, it was an attack on all the democracies. On behalf of myself, my family, the Government and people of Israel, we wish President Trump a speedy recovery, continued good health and continued strength”.

RUSSIA

The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that while Russia did not believe the current U.S. administration was responsible for the assassination attempt on Donald Trump, it had created an atmosphere that provoked the attack.

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI

Modi condemned the attack, adding “Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people.”

Ex-federal agents rip Secret Service for handling of Trump rally and shooting response

19:35 , Oliver O'Connell

The Secret Service needs to act “extremely quickly” in reviewing its protective strategies following an attempt on former President Donald Trump’s life, one former agent who served on Barack Obama’s security detail says.

The agency will now face its own reckoning in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting at a Trump campaign rally in Pennsylvania, which saw the candidate’s ear bloodied by a gunman taking aim from a nearby roof.

Numerous groups have raised questions about how the Secret Service didn’t stop the shooting and how agents responded in its aftermath.

Justin Rohrlich reports.

Ex federal agents rip Secret Service for handling of Trump rally and shooting

Congress launches investigation into Trump rally shooting

19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

An investigation is being launched by Congress following the assassination attempt of Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said that his panel will hold an “emergency hearing” on July 22 and have requested an appearance from Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle.

“I have already contacted the Secret Service for a briefing and am also calling on to appear for a hearing. The Oversight Committee will send a formal invitation soon,” Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, said in a statement.

He also told Fox that he expected a full briefing of the shooting on Monday or Tuesday.

Louise Boyle has the latest.

Congress launches probe into Trump shooting with Secret Service director to testify

Trump to leave for Milwaukee this afternoon

19:22 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will leave for Milwaukee and the Republican National Convention this afternoon after mulling a delay of a day or two.

He posted on Truth Social: “Based on yesterday’s terrible events, I was going to delay my trip to Wisconsin, and The Republican National Convention, by two days, but have just decided that I cannot allow a “shooter,” or potential assassin, to force change to scheduling, or anything else. Therefore, I will be leaving for Milwaukee, as scheduled, at 3:30 P.M. TODAY. Thank you! DJT”

In a separate post he wrote: “UNITE AMERICA!”

Biden to address nation from Oval Office

19:13 , Oliver O'Connell

In addition to his remarks just now, President Joe Biden will deliver an official primetime address to the nation from the Oval Office at 8pm this evening.

Speaking from the Roosevelt Room this afternoon, Biden said: “There is no place in America for this kind of violence — or any violence, for that matter. An assassination attempt is contrary to everything we stand for as a nation, everything. It's not who we are as a nation. It's not America, and we cannot allow this to happen. Unity is the most elusive goal of all, but nothing is more important than that right now."

Regarding the shooter and his motive, the president implored: “Don’t make assumptions about his motives and affiliations.”

He told Americans to let law enforcement uncover the facts and that he had ordered a “thorough and swift” investigation.

Biden said Trump will have every resource needed for enhanced security and has instructed a full review of security arrangements at the Republican National Convention.

NBC interview still going ahead on Monday

19:11 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden’s interview with Lester Holt of NBC News will go ahead tomorrow from the White House and not from Texas as originally planned.

18:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Democrats condemn ‘political violence’ and send prayers Trump

18:49 , Oliver O'Connell

Senior Democrats both past and present have sent their thoughts and prayers to Donald Trump after he was rushed off stage at a rally in Pennsylvania after gunshots rang out at the event.

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama were among those denouncing “political violence” after a bloodied Trump was rushed from the stage by Secret Service agents on Saturday.

Mike Bedigan reports.

Democrats condemn ‘political violence’ and send prayers to Trump

Haley to speak at RNC

18:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Former UN Ambassador and Trump adversary Nikki Haley has been invited to attend the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee this week.

She has accepted a speaking role.

Biden postpones Texas trip

18:42 , Oliver O'Connell

From the White House:

The President is rescheduling his trip to Texas, which was originally planned for Monday, July 15.

Trump Media issues statement after assassination attempt

18:36 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump Media & Technology Group Corp CEO Devin Nunes issued the following statement in response to the attempted assassination of President Donald J. Trump:

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of the rally-goer killed in Butler, Pennsylvania, and to those who were wounded. I thank God President Trump survived the assassination attempt and is now safe. The situation demands a fast, thorough federal investigation to determine all the circumstances of this cowardly attack and to identify if any additional persons were involved. I also call for the federal government to provide any security resources requested by President Trump to guarantee his safety. America will overcome this despicable shooting and together, our nation will endure.

AG Garland cancels travel to monitor investigation into Trump shooting

18:27 , Oliver O'Connell

The Department of Justice says that Attorney General Merrick Garland will be closely monitoring the investigation into the assassination attempt on Donald Trump and has canceled a four-state trip.

The Attorney General continues to receive regular briefings regarding the attack at former President Trump’s rally. This morning he met with Department personnel and partners from across government.

The Attorney General was scheduled to be in Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Kansas this week to meet with local law enforcement and to speak at the National Bar Association. He will no longer travel and will stay in Washington, D.C., to closely monitor the investigation.

British prime minister speaks with Trump

18:25 , Oliver O'Connell

British Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has spoken with former president Donald Trump following yesterday’s assassination attempt in Pennsylvania.

According to 10 Downing Street, the prime minister condemned the violence, expressed his condolences for the victims and their families, and wished the president and those injured a quick recovery.

EDITORIAL: Now it’s up to Trump to ensure that cooler heads prevail

18:22 , Oliver O'Connell

Only Trump will have the authority to dispel the conspiracy theories and the mood for revenge affecting many of his most devoted supporters.

Now it’s up to Trump to ensure that cooler heads prevail

Watch: Former RNC chair gives update on former president

18:18 , Oliver O'Connell

Explosive devices reported in Trump gunman’s car

18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Explosive devices have reportedly been discovered inside the car of the suspected shooter who tried to assassinate Donald Trump at a campaign rally on Saturday – using a gun believed to have been purchased by the 20-year-old’s father.

In a harrowing day for America coming just four months before the nation heads to the polls, the former president survived a dramatic attempt on his life when shots were fired towards the stage minutes into his rally speech in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Rachel Sharp has the latest.

Explosive devices reported in Trump gunman’s car after assassination attempt

Watch: Gov Josh Shapiro pay tribute to victim of rally shooting

18:08 , Oliver O'Connell

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro pays tribute to Corey Comperatore, the man killed at Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday.

‘No place in America for this kind of violence’

18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden said every American must condemn political violence after Donald Trump was injured in a shooting at his campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Andrew Feinberg reports on the president’s reaction to the assassination attempt on his political rival.

Biden says ‘no place in America for this violence’ after Trump injured in shooting

Biden and Trump had brief ‘respectful’ phone call

17:53 , Oliver O'Connell

Joe Biden and Donald Trump had a brief “respectful” phone call following the assassination attempt against the former president at a campaign rally on Saturday.

The political rivals spoke by phone after Trump was injured in the shooting but no details were provided, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

Biden and Trump had brief ‘respectful’ phone call after assassination attempt

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Terrified witnesses recall assassination attempt on Trump

17:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s July 13 rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, began like any other - but changed minutes after the event started when shots rang out.

“Donald Trump was a hair’s breadth away from being assassinated,” Dr Joseph Meyn, who was watching the rally near the bleachers, told NewsNation. “Had he not looked to the left … he would have got hit directly in the head.”

Instead, Meyn said: “It looked like a piece of his ear got sliced off from one of the rounds.”

Kelly Rissman has the story.

Terrified witnesses reveal Trump was ‘hair’s breadth away’ from death

How the assassination attempt on Donald Trump unfolded

17:30 , Andy Gregory

Former president Donald Trump survived an assassination attempt at his campaign rally on Saturday night, just days before he is set to be officially crowned the Republican party’s presidential candidate at the RNC.

Trump was struck in the ear by the bullet before he ducked down behind the stage podium and was protected by Secret Service agents.

One rally attendee was killed and two others seriously injured, before the gunman, a registered Republican voter, was shot dead by authorities.

Here’s how the attack played out:

How the assassination attempt on Donald Trump unfolded

Biden to speak to nation at 1.30pm

17:29 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden will address the nation at 1.30pm from the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

He and Vice President Kamala Harris were briefed on the investigation into the shooting in the Situation Room.

Full story: Former fire chief identified as spectator killed during Trump rally shooting

17:20 , Oliver O'Connell

The rally-goer who was killed at Donald Trump’s Butler, Pennsylvania campaign event-turned-shooting was identified as 50-year-old Corey Comperatore, according to his sister.

Kelly Rissman reports.

Former fire chief identified as spectator killed during Trump rally shooting

Secret Service under intense scrutiny after assassination attempt

17:12 , Oliver O'Connell

Major questions are being asked of the Secret Service after Donald Trump was targeted by a lone gunman in an assassination attempt at his rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

Alex Ross reports.

Secret Service under scrutiny over attempted Trump assassination at rally

Biden and Harris receiving briefing in situation room

17:10 , Oliver O'Connell

The President and the Vice President are receiving an updated briefing in the White House Situation Room from the following homeland security and law enforcement officials:

  • Attorney General Merrick Garland, Department of Justice

  • Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security

  • Christopher Wray, FBI Director

  • Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President & National Security Advisor

  • Liz Sherwood-Randall, Assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor

  • Kim Cheatle, Director of United States Secret Service

The following staff are participating in the briefing:

  • Jeff Zients, Assistant to the President & Chief of Staff

  • Lorraine Voles, Assistant to the President & Chief of Staff to the Vice President

  • Steve Ricchetti, Assistant to the President & Counselor to the President

  • Ed Siskel, Assistant to the President & White House Counsel

EXCLUSIVE: Family of Thomas Matthew Crooks struggles to make sense of Trump shooting

17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

As questions swirl about the would-be assassin who shot former President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania campaign rally on Saturday, the shooter’s family is also struggling to make sense of what happened.

The FBI identified the gunman as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, who lived with his parents in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park. Crooks, who was perched on a nearby rooftop, was shot dead by the Secret Service shortly after bloodying Trump’s ear with a round investigators believe came from an AR-15 assault-style rifle found at the scene.

Reached by phone on Sunday morning, Crooks’ uncle, Mark Crooks, said he was inundated with calls following his nephew’s attempt on Trump’s life, which was, “of course,” a tremendous shock, he told The Independent.

Justin Rohrlich reports.

Family of Thomas Matthew Crooks struggles to make sense of Trump shooting

Trump rally victim named

16:53 , Oliver O'Connell

The man killed in the assassination attempt on Donald Trump has been named as former fire chief of Buffalo Township, Corey Comperatore, according to local media reports.

Friends and family members including his sister have posted tributes on social media.

Two other people in the crowd were critically wounded during the shooting and are being treated at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Bitcoin surges after Trump assassination attempt

16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Per MarketWatch:

Bitcoin, which trades around the clock, surged after former President Donald Trump was shot, potentially a reaction both to the perceived increased likelihood the Republican will win November’s presidential election as well as to a more unstable political environment.

Bitcoin rose nearly 3% to $60,259. Other leading cryptocurrencies including Ethereum and Solana also rallied.

Republicans, pollsters and betting sites suggest assassination attempt will see Trump win

16:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president for a second time increased after the attempt on his life at a rally in Pennsylvania, according to an array of Republicans, pollsters and betting markets.

Images of the former president with a bloodied face, and pumping his fist in the air following the shooting on Saturday, prompted an outpouring of support from across the political spectrum. But conservative figures and GOP lawmakers pointed out the potential political impact of the shocking event.

Richard Hall reports.

‘He just won’: Republicans say assassination attempt will see Trump win election

16:36 , Oliver O'Connell

Watch: Zelensky sends message to Trump after assassination attempt

16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Zelensky sends message to Trump after assassination attempt at rally

Republican and Democrat reps introducing bill for enhanced protection of candidates

16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

New York congressmen Ritchie Torres and Mike Lawler, respectively Democrat and Republican, are introducing a bill that would give enhanced US Secret Service protection to Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Robert F Kennedy Jr.

They released the following statement:

Last night’s attempted assassination of former President Trump was a dark moment in our nation’s history. As reports continue to emerge, it’s clear that more protection is needed for all major candidates for president. That’s why we’re planning on introducing bipartisan legislation providing President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. with enhanced Secret Service protection. Anything less would be a disservice to our democracy.

Analysis: Donald Trump, a bullet and the fine red line that lies between democracy and violent chaos

16:05 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s World Affairs Editor Kim Sengupta writes:

The blood on Donald Trump’s face was a shocking and vivid reminder of the fine red line that lies between democracy and violent chaos in even the world’s most powerful country.

The gunman’s bullet struck the former president’s right ear before Secret Service agents rushed to the stage and hauled him down.

And now, the image which emerged of him injured, fist raised in defiance, the Stars and Stripes flying above, may help propel him back into the White House.

With just an inch’s difference, the shot could have led to Trump’s death and sparked a very real chance of America – bitterly divided with a heavily armed population – sliding into widespread violence, insurrection, and possibly even a second civil war.

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Donald Trump, a bullet and the fine red line between democracy and violent chaos

Report: Suspected Trump rally shooter had explosive devices in his car

16:00 , Reuters

US authorities found explosive devices in the car of the man who officials say tried to assassinate former President Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.

The car driven by the suspected shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks, was parked near the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, the newspaper reported.

The newspaper and ABC News both reported that the gun Crooks used was purchased by his father.

Gun was legally purchased by shooting suspect’s father, report says

15:55 , Oliver O'Connell

ABC News reports that the firearm recovered at the scene of the Donald Trump assassination attempt was legally purchased by the suspect’s father, according to an urgent trace conducted by the ATF.

The network cites multiple law enforcement sources.

Watch: Jen Psaki says being ‘political’ is ‘feeding into the danger’

15:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Congress to conduct full investigation

15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

In an interview this morning on NBC’s Today show, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson reacted to the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump, saying: “America awakens to a rather surreal morning. This is a horrific act of political violence. It ought to be roundly condemned. Obviously, we can’t go on like this as a society.”

Speaker Johnson also told co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist that he had spoken with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last night and “asked him some pointed questions with regard to homeland security and what happened there.”

He continued: “I’ve already announced that Congress will do a full investigation of the tragedy yesterday to determine where there were lapses in security and anything else that the American people need to know and deserve to know.”

Johnson added: “But in the meantime, we’ve got to turn the rhetoric down. We’ve got to turn the temperature down in this country. We need leaders of all parties, on both sides, to call that out and make sure that happens so that we can go forward and maintain our free society that we all are blessed to have.”

Melania Trump issues statement after assassination attempt on husband

15:37 , Oliver O'Connell

Former first lady Melania Trump has issued the following statement after the assassination attempt on her husband.

I am thinking of you, now, my fellow Americans.

We have always been a unique union. America, the fabric of our gentle nation is tattered, but our courage and common sense must ascend and bring us back together as one.

When I watched that violent bullet strike my husband, Donald, I realized my life, and Barron's life, were on the brink of devastating change. I am grateful to the brave secret service agents and law enforcement officials who risked their own lives to protect my husband.

To the families of the innocent victims who are now suffering from this heinous act, I humbly offer my sincerest sympathy. Your need to summon your inner strength for such a terrible reason saddens me.

A monster who recognized my husband as an inhuman political machine attempted to ring out Donald's passion - his laughter, ingenuity, love of music, and inspiration. The core facets of my husband's life - his human side - were buried below the political machine. Donald, the generous and caring man who I have been with through the best of times and the worst of times.

Let us not forget that differing opinions, policy, and political games are inferior to love. Our personal, structural, and life commitment - until death - is at serious risk. Political concepts are simple when compared to us, human beings.

We are all humans, and fundamentally, instinctively, we want to help one another. American politics are only one vehicle that can uplift our communities. Love, compassion, kindness and empathy are necessities.

And let us remember that when the time comes to look beyond the left and the right, beyond the red and the blue, we all come from families with the passion to fight for a better life together, while we are here, in this earthly realm.

Dawn is here again. Let us reunite. Now.

This morning, ascend above the hate, the vitriol, and the simple-minded ideas that ignite violence. We all want a world where respect is paramount, family is first, and love transcends.

We can realize this world again. Each of us must demand to get it back. We must insist that respect fills the cornerstone of our relationships, again.

I am thinking of you, my fellow Americans.

The winds of change have arrived. For those of you who cry in support, I thank you. I commend those of you who have reached out beyond the political divide - thank you for remembering that every single politician is a man or a woman with a loving family.

Watch: What the photographer saw

15:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Evan Vucci is the photographer who captured the image of Donald Trump with his fist in the air immediately after the assassination attempt.

He spoke to CNN’s Kasie Hunt about what he saw in the moment in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Call between Biden and Trump ‘good, short, and respectful'

15:20 , Oliver O'Connell

A White House official says the call between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump was “good, short, and respectful,” pointing to the Trump campaign’s description.

ABC News: Eight rounds fired

15:15 , Oliver O'Connell

What we know about gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks

15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The FBI has identified the gunman who carried out an assassination attempt on Donald Trump at a rally which left one spectator dead and two others fighting for their lives.

Thomas Matthew Crooks, a 20-year-old resident of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, opened fire while the former president was speaking on stage in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

Here’s what we know about him so far.

What we know about the gunman who shot at Trump at Pennsylvania rally

Report: Law enforcement says semi-automatic rifle used

14:50 , Oliver O'Connell

NBC News cites three senior law enforcement officials as saying the shooter used a semi-automatic rifle.

Trump campaign staff memo says he’s ‘in great spirits’ after shooting

14:40 , Oliver O'Connell

In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Donald Trump’s senior campaign advisers thanked the Secret Service and all first responders for their efforts.

The memo also said staff in Washington and West Palm Beach, Florida, should stay away from the office as they assess those locations. The memo also says they’re enhancing the armed security presence on-site.

“Our highest priority is to keep all of you on this staff safe,” the memo says.

It also tells staff not to comment publicly on the apparent assassination attempt against Mr Trump and that dangerous rhetoric on social media will not be tolerated.

Secret Service denies request for extra security was refused

14:37 , Oliver O'Connell

Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the Secret Service, has denied a report that a request from a member of the Trump team for additional security was rebuffed.

He wrote on X: “Theres an untrue assertion that a member of the former President’s team requested additional security resources & that those were rebuffed. This is absolutely false. In fact, we added protective resources & technology & capabilities as part of the increased campaign travel tempo.”

What will be the impact of the shooting on the presidential election?

14:23 , Oliver O'Connell

American pollster and political consultant Frank Luntz has shared his thoughts on the impact of the attempted assassination of Donald Trump on November’s presidential election.

He wrote on X:

In the end, voters will settle down and return to their candidate of choice. The people who move towards Trump out of sympathy will probably move back.

But what happened in PA will definitely impact the final vote, guaranteeing that every Trump voter will actually vote. Biden, or any other candidate the Democrats put up, will not have the same participation certainty.

That participation gap is worth at least 1% and as much as 2%. And because it happened in Pennsylvania, the impact will be highest in Pennsylvania.

This doesn’t guarantee that Trump flips Pennsylvania. But the long and winding road for Joe Biden just became even longer and windier.

Just as what happened to George Floyd had a lasting impact on tens of millions of Americans, the shooting of Donald Trump will be significantly consequential in a way the shooter never intended.

Billionaire Bill Ackman endorses Trump for president after assassination attempt

14:12 , Holly Bancroft

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has endorsed Donald Trump for president hours after his attempted assassination.

Mr Ackman had called on Trump to apologise and resign following the attack on the US Capital in January 2021. However he has now endorsed the former president, posting on social media platform X that he had recently spent a few hours with Trump to inform his decision.

The chief executive and portfolio manager of Pershing Square Capital Management said he will explain the full reasoning behind his endorsement in future, but said he had made the decision “carefully” and “rationally”.

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Speaker of UK House of Commons says ‘no place for political violence’ after Trump attack

14:01 , Holly Bancroft

The leader of the UK’s House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has issued a statement following the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, saying that he will work hard to keep UK members of parliament safe.

Sir Lindsay said: “I am shocked and saddened by the scenes in Pennsylvania overnight at President Trump’s rally. There is no place in society for political violence and threats to democracy - my thoughts and condolences are with those affected and I will continue to work hard with security teams in our own parliament to keep MPs, staff and the House safe.”

Elon Musk endorses Trump for first time in wake of rally shooting and calls for Secret Service chief’s resignation

13:46 , Holly Bancroft

Elon Musk has publicly endorsed Donald Trump for the first time in the 2024 presidential race, just moments after the former president was targeted in an assassination attempt on Saturday.

Musk, the world’s richest person, posted the endorsement on his platform X alongside video of Trump with blood on his face and pumping his fist in the air moments after a gunman opened fire at his rally in Pennsylvania.

“I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery,” Musk posted on his social media platform X.

“The martyr lived,” he wrote in a later post.

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Musk endorses Trump after shooting and calls on head of Secret Service to resign

Trump shooting souvenir T-shirts already on sale after assassination attempt

13:30 , Holly Bancroft

Souvenir T-shirts picturing the aftermath of the assassination attempt on former US president Donald Trump have already gone on sale.

The assassination attempt took place at around 6.15pm local time, with photos of Trump’s recovery being published minutes later. Mere hours later, T-shirts with variations of the historic image have gone on sale from outlets based in the US and China.

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Trump shooting souvenir T-shirts already on sale after assassination attempt

In case you missed it: Here is a map showing where the attacker was located when shots were fired

13:22 , Holly Bancroft

This map shows just how close the suspected shooter was located when shots were fired towards Trump on stage.

One witness, Greg Smith, told the BBC that he saw the gunman on the rooftop minutes before shots were fired and that he pointed the man out to police.

“I’m thinking to myself ‘Why is Trump still speaking, why have they not pulled him off the stage’... the next thing you know, five shots ring out,” he said.

Map showing where the attacker was located when he fired shots toward Trump on stage (Anadolu via Getty Images)
Map showing where the attacker was located when he fired shots toward Trump on stage (Anadolu via Getty Images)

US Secret Service rebuff claim that they didn’t protect Trump

13:12 , Holly Bancroft

Chief of communications for the US Secret Service, Anthony Guglielmi, has rebuffed claims that they did not provide enough support for former president Donald Trump.

Writing on the social media platform X, Mr Guglielmi said: “There’s an untrue assertion that a member of the former president’s team requested additional security resources & that those were rebuffed.

“This is absolutely false. In fact, we added protective resources & technology & capabilities as part of the increased campaign travel tempo.”

BREAKING: Trump issues new statement following assassination attempt

12:59 , Holly Bancroft

Donald Trump has called on America to “stand united” and not “let evil win” in a new statement following the attempt on his life.

The former president said in a post on Truth Social: “Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday, as it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening.

“We will fear not, but instead remain resilient in our faith and defiant in the face of wickedness.

“Our love goes out to the other victims and their families. We pray for the recovery of those who were wounded, and hold in our hearts the memory of the citizen who was so horribly killed.

“In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand united, and show our true character as Americans, remaining strong and determined, and not allowing evil to win.

“I truly love our country, and love you all, and look forward to speaking to our great nation this week from Wisconsin. DJT”

Gunman’s father says he is trying to figure out ‘what the hell is going on'

12:43 , Andy Gregory

The 20-year-old gunman’s father, Matthew Crooks, has been approached by CNN.

Mr Crooks told the news network he was trying to figure out “what the hell is going on” but would “wait until I talk to law enforcement” before speaking about his son.

Officials will re-examine security for Republican National Convention

12:41 , Holly Bancroft

Officials will re-examine the security plans for the Republican National Convention following the shooting at Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania last night, ABC news are reporting.

The Convention is taking place in Milwaukee from July 15-18 and Donald Trump is expected to attend. He will be officially made the presidential nominee of the Republican party and he is expected to name his pick for vice-president.

It comes after reports that the Trump campaign have asked staff to avoid going into offices on Sunday as they are assessed for any risks. In a memo to staff, the campaign told staff that they are increasing security measures.

Kremlin claims it was ‘obvious’ Trump’s life was in danger

12:28 , Andy Gregory

The Kremlin has responded to the assassination attempt on Donald Trump.

Speaking just months after the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an Arctic penal colony, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “We do not believe that the attempt to eliminate and assassinate Trump was organised by the current authorities.

“But the atmosphere around candidate Trump ... provoked what America is confronting today.

“After numerous attempts to remove candidate Trump from the political arena – using first legal tools, the courts, prosecutors, attempts to politically discredit and compromise the candidate – it was obvious to all outside observers that his life was in danger.”

Trump rally shooting witness claims he saw rifle-toting man ‘crawling up the roof’ just before gunfire

12:13 , Andy Gregory

Mapped: Where did Trump assassination attempt take place?

11:51 , Andy Gregory

Here are some maps showing where the attempt to assassinate Donald Trump took place, at a rally held at the Butler Farm Show Grounds in Pennsylvania.

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Trump seen for first time after assassination attempt at rally

11:27 , Andy Gregory

ICYMI: Frantic video from Trump rally crowd shows chaos during shooting: ‘He’s got a gun’

11:00 , Shahana Yasmin

Frantic video from Trump rally crowd shows chaos during shooting: ‘He’s got a gun’

Doctor covered in blood describes treating Trump audience member shot at rally

10:41 , Andy Gregory

A doctor covered in blood said he treated an audience member who was shot at a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania.

“The guy has spun around was jammed between the benches. He had a head shot here. There’s lots of blood and he had brain matter there,” he told CBS News.

Trump’s children decry ‘political violence’ after former president shot at Pennsylvania rally

10:30 , Shahana Yasmin

Donald Trump’s children have come forward decrying political violence after their father was struck in the ear by a bullet during a rally speech in Pennsylvania, calling him a “fighter.”

Trump’s children decry ‘political violence’ after former president shot at rally

From Lincoln to Trump, America’s dark history of presidential assassination attempts

10:27 , Andy Gregory

The attack on Donald Trump is the latest in a list of political violence targeting presidents, former presidents and major party presidential candidates since the nation’s founding in 1776:

From Lincoln to Trump, America’s dark history of presidential assassination attempts

What we know about gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks who shot at Trump at his Pennsylvania rally

10:02 , Andy Gregory

The FBI has stated they were using his DNA for biometric confirmation as the gunman carried no identification. Later, they identified him as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, a resident of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

My colleague Shahana Yasmin has more details:

What we know about the gunman who shot at Trump at Pennsylvania rally

WATCH: FBI says Trump rally shooting was ‘assassination attempt’

10:00 , Shahana Yasmin

Nigel Farage says ‘my good friend Donald’s got away with it'

09:58 , Andy Gregory

Reform UK leader and Brexit architect Nigel Farage has expressed relief that “my friend Donald’s got away with it – only just”.

He told the BBC: “It’s an absolutely horrendous incident, and yet somehow I’m not shocked by it. The narrative that is put out there about Trump by these liberals that oppose him is so nasty, so unpleasant, that I think it almost encourages this kind of behaviour.

“It was just a few weeks ago that Joe Biden said Trump must be put in the bull’s eye.”

It has emerged that gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks was a registered Republican.

British PM Keir Starmer condemns ‘appalling’ shooting at Donald Trump rally

09:41 , Andy Gregory

Sir Keir Starmer said he was “appalled” at the shooting at a campaign rally for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.

He said: “I am appalled by the shocking scenes at President Trump’s rally and we send him and his family our best wishes. Political violence in any form has no place in our societies and my thoughts are with all the victims of this attack.”

Prime Minister condemns ‘appalling’ shooting at Donald Trump rally

VP frontrunner JD Vance points finger at Biden for apparent assassination attempt at Trump rally

09:30 , Shahana Yasmin

JD Vance, who is roughly 48 hours away from potentially being announced as the nominee for vice president at the Republican National Convention, pointed the finger at Democrats and the president after Trump was shot at during his campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Vance, a freshman Republican senator from Ohio, tweeted Saturday evening: “Today is not just some isolated incident. The central premise of the Biden campaign is that President Donald Trump is an authoritarian fascist who must be stopped at all costs. That rhetoric led directly to President Trump's attempted assassination.”

He was not the only Republican to take their response to the tragedy as far.

John Bowden writes...

JD Vance points finger at Biden for apparent assassination attempt at Trump rally

Piers Morgan says Trump showed ‘astounding courage'

09:21 , Andy Gregory

Piers Morgan, who has interviewed Donald Trump multiple times, said the ex-president showed “astounding courage” in the wake of the attempt on his life.

UK minister condemns ‘appalling, horrific’ attack on Trump

09:10 , Andy Gregory

Cabinet minister Lucy Powell has condemned what she said was “an appalling, horrific attack”.

The House of Commons leader said there is “no place for political violence” in our democracy.

While Ms Powell said the UK’s general election was one of the “great things about our democracy”, she added: “But we have to remember that underneath that, there has been this growing sense of insecurity and hate and attacks. It is something that we need to take action on.”

‘A miracle’ Trump survived, says Boris Johnson

09:03 , Andy Gregory

Boris Johnson has described it as “a miracle that Donald Trump escaped an attempted assassination”.

Watch live: Outside White House after Donald Trump shot at rally in ‘assassination attempt’

09:00 , Shahana Yasmin

Watch a live feed outside the White House on Sunday, 14 July, after Donald Trump was shot in the ear at a rally in Pennsylvania.

Around 6pm on Saturday, several popping sounds were heard before the former president ducked behind a podium and was swarmed by security detail. He was removed from the stage with blood on his ear, and raised a fist to the air in the aftermath.

One person in the crowd was killed and two others were injured.

Secret Service agents killed the gunman, who shot at the crowd from outside the perimeter.

The FBI has identified 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks as the “subject involved” in the shooting.

Live: Outside White House after Donald Trump shot at rally in ‘assassination attempt’

Trump assassination attempt: What we know so far

08:43 , Andy Gregory

Here’s what we know so far on the shooting at Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania:

  • Shots rang out shortly after the ex-president took to the stage, and he was dived upon by security personnel before emerging bloodied with his fist raised in the air.

  • The ex-president later said a bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear.

  • An audience member was killed in the gunfire and two others were critically injured.

  • The FBI has identified the suspected gunman as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks. He was outside the perimeter when the bullets were fired, and was shot and killed by the Secret Service.

  • The FBI has confirmed the incident is being treated as an assassination attempt.

  • President Joe Biden has spoken to Mr Trump and said “there’s no place in America for this kind of violence”, adding: “We cannot be like this. We cannot condone this.”

  • The attack – inside the city of Butler – fell just three days before the Republican National Convention in Wisconsin, where Trump is expected to receive the party’s nomination for president.

Photographer at rally recalls moment shots rang out: ‘Could I be shot?’

08:30 , Shahana Yasmin

New York Times photographer Doug Mills, who was present at the rally where Donald Trump was shot at, recalls the moment when the gunman began shooting.

“I kept taking pictures. He went down behind the lectern, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, something’s happened,’” he told New York Times.

“Then all the agents started running on the stage, and they basically completely covered him. I could hear them yelling. At first someone saying, ‘Sir, sir, sir’.

“I could see blood on his face. I kept taking pictures. As tough as he looked in that one picture with his fist looking very defiant, the next frame I took, he looked completely drained. Very, very shocked.

“I’ve always feared being in this situation. I always wondered what I’d do in this situation. I hope I get the right shot. I hope I’m not shot myself.

“At first I thought right away, ‘Could I be shot?’ It was scary.

I’ve never been in a more horrific scene. As much as I’ve covered presidents for 35 to 40 years, it’s not something I ever wanted to witness.”

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures as he is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler (AP)
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures as he is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler (AP)

European leaders condemn Trump’s attempted assassination

08:17 , Andy Gregory

France’s Emmanuel Macron wished Donald Trump a “speedy recovery” and called the incident a “tragedy” in a statement posted on X.

My thoughts are with President Donald Trump, the victim of an assassination attempt. I send him my wishes for a speedy recovery. A spectator has died, several are injured. It is a tragedy for our democracies. France shares the shock and indignation of the American people.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez said, “Violence and hatred have no place in a democracy,” on X.

Latvia’s prime minister Evika Siliņa also posted a statement on X, writing that she was “Shocked by the attack”.

Airspace over Bethel Park closed for security reasons

07:56 , Shahana Yasmin

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday that the airspace over Bethel Park was closed “effective immediately” for special security reasons, reported Reuters.

Thomas Matthew Crooks, who has been identified by the FBI as the “suspect involved” in the assassination attempt of Donald Trump, lived in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park.

Gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks was registered as a Republican voter, but donated to a Democratic-aligned group

07:44 , Shahana Yasmin

According to public records, Thomas Matthew Crooks, who the FBI has identified as the "suspect involved" in the assassination attempt of Donald Trump, was registered as a Republican voter, according to a listing in Pennsylvania’s voter database that matched his name, age, and the address linked to Crooks in public records, CNN reported.

However, federal campaign finance reports show that he had made a $15 contribution to a Democratic-aligned political action committee called Progressive Turnout Project on 20 January 2021, the report added.

Matthew Crooks lived in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park.

Trump’s campaign managers say heightened security measures being implemented

07:30 , Shahana Yasmin

Donald Trump’s campaign managers said they will be employing additional security measures after he was shot at his campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, reported CNN.

Campaign managers Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita sent staffers a memo saying they “remain horrified” and “hope that this horrendous act will bring our team, and indeed the nation, together in unity and we must renew our commitment to safety and peace for our country”.

“We condemn all forms of violence, and will not tolerate dangerous rhetoric on social media.”

The memo also said that the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee will continue as planned, “where we will nominate our President to be the brave and fearless nominee of our Party".

“In moments of tragedy and horror, we must be resolute in our mission to reelect President Trump.”

FBI 'working feverishly' to identify the shooter and his motives

07:00 , Shahana Yasmin

FBI is "working feverishly" to establish the identity of the suspect, Kevin Rojek, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office said.

At a press conference in Butler, Pennsylvania, he said: “We have intelligence analysts as well, working from our field office in Pittsburgh, working feverishly to attempt to identify the individual who did this and any motives behind why this was done.”

He added that law enforcement had found suspicious packages around the area where the gunman was found, but bags left behind by attendees were also being treated as explosive devices. The location of the rally was still being treated as an active crime scene.

“We are close to identification. As soon as we are 100 per cent confident in who an individual is, we’ll share it with the press,” he said.

“With that being said, also, we do not currently have an identified motive, although our investigators are working tirelessly to attempt to identify what that motive was.”

FBI names Thomas Matthew Crooks as ‘subject involved’ in Trump rally shooting

06:50 , Shahana Yasmin

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that it had identified 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks as the “subject involved” in the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, reported Reuters.

Secret Service releases a statement after shooting at Trump rally

06:45 , Shahana Yasmin

Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement on X: We are grateful to the Secret Service team and our law enforcement partners for their swift action. Our thoughts go out to the families affected by this tragedy.”

“During former President Trump's campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on the evening of July 13th at approximately 6:15 p.m., a suspected shooter fired multiple shots toward the stage from an elevated position outside of the rally venue.

“US Secret Service personnel neutralised the shooter, who is now deceased. US Secret Service quickly responded with protective measures and the former president is safe and being evaluated.

“One spectator was killed, two spectators were critically injured. The incident is currently under investigation and the Secret Service has formally notified the Federal Bureau of investigation.”

Democrats condemn ‘political violence’ at Trump rally incident

06:30 , Shahana Yasmin

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Tammy Baldwin and California Governor Gavin Newsomwere among those denouncing “political violence” after a bloodied Trump was rushed from the stage by Secret Service agents on Saturday.

Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Bob Casey said that violence was “never acceptable” and urged those on the ground at the rally to listen to law enforcement.

“I am monitoring the situation at President Trump’s rally in Butler and I’ve reached out to the State Police to offer support,” he wrote on X. “Political violence is never acceptable and I am hoping former president Trump & all attendees are safe. Everyone in Butler should listen to law enforcement.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote on X: “I am horrified by what happened at the Trump rally in Pennsylvania and relieved that former President Trump is safe. Political violence has no place in our country.”

Mike Bedigan has the full story...

Democrats condemn ‘political violence’ and send prayers to Trump

Biden back at the White House

06:15 , Shahana Yasmin

Joe Biden landed at Joint Base Andrews, about 30km from the White House, after cutting short a weekend trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

The White House said that both the president and vice president Kamala Harris will receive a briefing from Homeland Security and law enforcement officials on the assassination attempt on Trump at his rally.

Joe Biden arrives on Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md (AP)
Joe Biden arrives on Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md (AP)

Trump lands in New Jersey

06:06 , Shahana Yasmin

Video posted by Margo Martin, deputy director of communications for Donald Trump, showed the former president leaving his plane at Newark Liberty International Airport, flanked by members of the US Secret Service.

Trump will spend the night at his private golf club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey, reported AP.

FBI says ‘surprising’ that shooter was able to fire multiple shots

05:57 , Shahana Yasmin

Kevin Rojek, FBI special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, said it was “surprising” that the gunman was able to fire multiple shots at Donald Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Asked if law enforcement only discovered the gunman was on the roof when he began firing, Rojek responded: “That is the assessment at this time.”

“We’re still working through the security apparatus that the Secret Service had in place, what potentially happened,” he added.

“There’s going to be a long investigation into exactly what took place and how the individual was able to get access to the location, what type of weapon he had. All that is really days, weeks, and months of investigation.”

All casualties from shooting were adult men

05:53 , Shahana Yasmin

The authorities said in the press conference that the victims of the shooting have been identified, but the details will not be publicly shared yet.

The shooting left one man attending the rally dead, and two critically injured. The gunman was also shot and killed by Secret Service agents.

Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that all three were adult men.

“We have notified a number of family members, but they have not had an opportunity to notify extended family,” he said.

The FBI is, meanwhile, working on identifying the gunman through “doing biometric confirmations”. The suspect reportedly did not carry any identification on him.

More world leaders condemn shooting at Trump’s rally

05:45 , Shahana Yasmin

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida said: “We must stand firm against any form of violence that challenges democracy.”

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese said he is “relieved” Trump is safe after a shooting, calling the incident an “inexcusable attack”.

“There is no place for violence in the democratic process. I am relieved to hear reports that former president Trump is now safe,” he said.

“We must lower the temperature of debate – there is nothing to be served by some of the escalation of rhetoric”.

Donald Trump is surrounded by secret service agents as he is taken off the stage at a campaign event at Butler Farm Show Inc. in Butler, Pennsylvania (AFP via Getty Images)
Donald Trump is surrounded by secret service agents as he is taken off the stage at a campaign event at Butler Farm Show Inc. in Butler, Pennsylvania (AFP via Getty Images)

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva posted a statement on X, saying: “The attack against ex-president Donald Trump must be repudiated vehemently by all defenders of democracy and politics.”

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said his “thoughts and prayers” were with Trump “in these dark hours”.

Ivanka Trump condemns 'senseless violence’

05:30 , Shahana Yasmin

Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump posted a message on Instagram thanking supporters and law enforcement officials for their response.

“Thank you for your love and prayers for my father and for the other victims of today's senseless violence in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“I am grateful to the Secret Service and all the other law enforcement officers for their quick and decisive actions today. I continue to pray for our country.

“I love you Dad, today and always.”

FBI calls the shooting an 'assassination attempt' in press conference

05:08 , Shahana Yasmin

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office Kevin P Rojek said they were classifying Trump’s shooting at his rally as an “assassination attempt against our former president Donald Trump”.

He said they were “not prepared to identify who the shooter is” till they were “100 per cent confident”. They have also not yet identified a motive.

An official said the law enforcement agency was currently “looking at photographs” and “trying to run his DNA and get biometric confirmation”.

ABC News reported that law enforcement officials said the suspect was perched on a rooftop and used an AR-style rifle.

“At this time we have no reason to believe there is any other existing threat out there,” added Lt. Col. George Bivens of Pennsylvania state police.

The FBI had no prior threat information related to this event.

Investigators have tentatively identified Trump shooter

05:00 , Shahana Yasmin

Federal investigators have made a tentative identification of the man who shot at Trump today at the former president’s rally in Pennsylvania.

The FBI said he was approximately 20 years old, male, and from Pennsylvania.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemns the shooting

04:50 , Shahana Yasmin

The latest message of concern comes from India’s prime minister Modi who posted a message on hoping for Trump’s “speedy recovery”.

“Deeply concerned by the attack on my friend, former President Donald Trump. Strongly condemn the incident. Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him speedy recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people.”

Pennsylvania governor says Trump has left Butler

04:39 , Shahana Yasmin

Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro posted on X, stating that Trump departed Butler "under the protection of the US Secret Service and with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police".

Shapiro said that federal law enforcement will lead the investigation into the shooting at the rally while “Pennsylvania State Police will lead the investigation into the shooting of the other victims”.

He also said that he was “in regular communication with law enforcement on the ground in Pennsylvania and have spoken with President Biden who offered his full support”.

WATCH: Trump leaves hospital after assassination attempt

04:30 , Kelly Rissman

Trump supporters receive email after shooting: ‘I will never surrender!’

04:26 , Shahana Yasmin

Donald Trump sent an email to his supporters with a short message after being injured by a shooting at his Pennsylvania rally.

“THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM DONALD TRUMP,” the brief email read. “I WILL NEVER SURRENDER!”

FBI to lead investigation into shooting

04:14 , Shahana Yasmin

The FBI has said that it “has assumed the role of the lead federal law enforcement agency” that is investigating Trump’s shooting.

“Special agents of the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office responded immediately, to include crisis response team members and evidence response technicians,” the bureau said.

“We will continue to support this investigation with the full resources of the FBI, alongside our partners at the US Secret Service and state and local law enforcement. Anyone with information that may assist with the investigation is asked to call our tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

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